Add a personal touch to your place settings by creating DIY napkin rings for your guests. You can use either decorative or Japanese paper to make the rings — both come in an amazing variety of colours and styles — and with the addition of a few decorative elements the completed rings can really bring some added creative dimension to your tables.
If you’re inspired by timeless romance and classic white hues, this inspiration board is for you. Play with soft pastel colours and incorporate silver rhinestones to add a bit of shimmer to your bridal party’s attire and your bouquet. Choose romantic roses in whites, creams, and champagnes and warm up your reception with sleek candles to complement your soft colour scheme. Choose a gown with lace or tulle embellishments and complete the look with wispy locks and a classic pearl necklace.
Clockwise from top left:
Tux, courtesy Hugo Boss.
Venue, image courtesy Jennifer Davis Photography.
Hair, image via Bella Sugar.
Nail polish, Steady As She Rose, Pirates of the Caribbean collection by OPI.
The Contessa Awards are like the Academy Awards of Canadian Beauty. Beauty pros compete in a photo competition, vying to be the best of the best in the country. The annual awards are brought to you by the publishers of Salon Magazine (a publication I used to edit pre-Weddingbells and I also produced the Contessa Awards) and were handed out in a glitzy, glammy ceremony in Toronto on October 30. Here’s a complete listing of Contessa winners which features pros from all areas of the country, all of which would be perfect picks to help get you wedding-day beautiful.
Avant Garde Hairstylist: Palma Anshilevich, The Hair Spot, Toronto
Canadian Hairstylist, Canadian Salon Team and Quebec Hairstlist: Véronique Beaupré, local B, Montreal, 514.660.8291.
Elite Master Hairstylist: Guylaine Martel, Guylaine Martel Artistes Coiffeurs, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC. 450.446.8740
Makeover Colourist, Master Colourist: Timothy Switzer, Timothy & Co. Salon & Spa, Oshawa, ON. 905.721.9810.
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Dionne, Freelance, Montreal, 514.805.6681.
Men’s Hairstylist: Caffery VanHorne, Studio Caffery VanHorne, Toronto, 416.576.5522.
Multicultural Hairstylist: Jorge Joao, Koi Hair Studio, Brampton, ON, 905.450.0073.
Nail Enhancement Artist: Catherine Cote, Candy Nail Bar, Montreal, 514.707.4075.
Newcomer Hairstylist: Devon Plamondon, A Michael Levine Salon Group, Vancouver, 604.681.1444.
British Columbia Hairstylist: Chad Taylor, Moods Hair Salon, Vancouver, 604.688.1574.
Alberta Hairstylist: Wendy Belanger, Influence Salon, Calgary, 403.270.4247.
Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist– Reyn VonDyke, Elan Hair & Esthetics Salon, Winnipeg, 204.775.3526.
Ontario Hairstylist of the Year, Texture Hairstylist: Mandy MacFadden, Salon Decorum, Newmarket, ON, 905.853.7272.
Atlantic Hairstylist: Judy MacDonald, Hair Factory, Halifax, 902.492.5343.
Salon Business Excellence – Zazou Salon and Spa, North Vancouver, BC, 604.980.7223.
Salon Interior Design – Salon M Squared, Toronto, 647.346.6454.
Session Hairstylist: Olivier Miotto, Glam Salon Boutique, Montreal, 514.499.0601.
Student/Apprentice Hairstylist: Chrissy Alan, A Michael Levine Salon Group, Vancouver, 604.681.1444.
Why not look to fellow brides for style inspiration? This week we mined our recent Real Weddings for fabulous footwear, and we found some wonderful options for your big day. From bold colours to classic silhouettes, here are 28 perfect pairs of wedding shoes for you to peruse!
Lyndsay and Andrew, June 18, 2011, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy Angela Y. Martin of Gemini Photography, (geminiphotographyontario.com).
Ceremony and reception location: Toronto Hunt Club
Dress: Pronovias from Becker’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Marisa Hannan
Favours: Donations to Sick Kids Foundation
Groom’s tux: Tom’s Place
Bridal party attire: The Dress Room
Flowers: Lynne the Flower Lady
Music: Shawn from Rhythm Entertainment